The Witch Wave
The Witch Wave
Jan 13, 2021
#63 - Jeanna Kadlec, Cosmic Creator
Play • 1 hr 12 min

Jeanna Kadlec is a writer and astrologer whose work has been featured in such places as O Magazine, Allure, and Autostraddle. She is a culture columnist at Longreads and the author of the forthcoming memoir HERETIC. Jeanna describes herself as “native Midwesterner, ex-evangelical, recovering academic,” and she is also the founder of the now-closed Bluestockings Boutique, the first-ever lingerie boutique geared to the LGBTQ+ community. She now creates the Astrology for Writers newsletter and teaches her workshop, Astrology for Writers: How to Make Your Writing Work for You.

On this episode, Jeanna speaks about radical astrology, her cosmic writing career, and the revolutionary energy we can expect in 2021.

Pam also talks about the need to stay present for this moment of transformative upheaval, and answers a listener question about troubling anti-science sentiments in the occult community.

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Earth Speak with Natalie Ross and Friends
Earth Speak with Natalie Ross and Friends
Natalie Ross
Herbalist Geraldine Lavin on Cultivating Deep Connection with the Earth, and Being a Responsible Land Steward [episode 41]
Geraldine Lavin shares how she is empowering people to make their own high-quality medicine. You’ll also hear about * What is Spiritual Ecology and Bioregional Herbalism * Engaging with the senses and inviting play into your garden * On being a responsible herbalist and land steward * Co-creating biodiversity on old farmland ♥♥♥ Join The Earth Speak Collective Membership! Join like-hearted folks in a sacred container and community where you'll: * Connect deeply to yourself, others, nature & spirit * Learn to trust your intuition * Activate your Earth magic * Expand your healing & divination skills * Put your intuition into practice in everyday life * Stop feeling lonely on your spiritual path * Embody & express your creative power & truths * Experience safe space without agenda or judgment When you join the Collective, you get access to all of our past workshops, any live workshops happening while you're a member, live weekly energetic reset calls, monthly community rituals, all the secret episodes, member-run meetups to explore magical topics, and a lively members-only forum (that's not on FB!). ▶▶▶ Learn more and sign up for the Collective membership here: ***** Geraldine is a clinically trained herbalist, gardener, and botanical dyer. The thread that weaves her work together is the concept of bioregionalism. Geraldine has been studying herbalism for over a decade. She has taught classes on herbal medicine making and theory at Yale University, Bard College, conferences, retreats, food coops, lifestyle stores, many farms, even a music festival. After every class, she receives feedback that her style is organized, thorough, and students feel like they have expanded their understanding of the subject matter. Geraldine believes that each class is an opportunity to empower her students and demystify the world of plant and mushroom medicine. We are excited to share that Geraldine will be teaching a workshop with Earth Speak this March, on Tending the Earth: A Sensual Gardening Workshop. In this workshop you will learn about tending to a garden as an act of reciprocity, daily rituals for earth tending and working with the cycles of the land, the moon, and nature. We will go through the basic building blocks of gardening, and go into different techniques and tips you can implement to help your plants thrive effortlessly. In this episode, we talk about: * Growing up spending summers in Ireland * Ditch spirits and the story of the Banshee * On stewarding a farm and studying the lineage of the land * Putting Spiritual Ecology into practice in the everyday life * How Geraldine has been connecting with the medicine of Angelica * Cultivating a diverse landscape and garden * Why observing the language of the land can save you time and energy * How Geraldine was making medicine from a young age * On creating a daily ritual of Earth connection and Earth-honoring * Inviting the wild beauty of nature into your garden, with thoughtful planning * Geraldine shares the story of how she came to work with the plants * Receiving the lessons from each garden you co-create * How growing just a few plants can change everything * Geraldine shares the qualities that she looks for when planting a garden * The challenges of disconnection that Geraldine faced during COVID * Experiencing your intuition as trust and presence * On cultivating a practice of letting go * On reconnecting with your purpose * Geraldine shares a grounding mantra * How Geraldine is empowering people to make their own high-quality medicine * On being open and vulnerable * What is Spiritual Ecology and Bioregional Herbalism * Geraldine shares about her online gardening and herbal medicine classes * How we are conditioned to achieve and do it all * Engaging the senses and inviting play into your garden * Geraldine shares a little of what she will be teaching in the * Tending the Earth workshop * Why anyone can create a garden, even in the city * On being a responsible herbalist and land steward * And so much more! Bonus Secret Episode! Get the secret episode with Geraldine Lavin on sacred adornment and plant-dyed garments, at Links: * Join the Earth Speak Collective Membership at * Learn more about Geraldine's herbal and garden offerings at * Learn more about Geraldine’s textiles at * Connect with SunTrap on Instagram @suntrapbotanical // * Connect with SunBlood on Instagram @sunbl00d // * Connect with Geraldine on Facebook @suntrapapothecary Take the tour of SunTrap Farm on YouTube * Get the secret episodes at References: * UCD Dublin * Banshee * Gulch * Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer * Spiritual Ecology * Honeysuckle * Buckthorn * Wild Rose * Ethnobotany * Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine * Field Apothecary * Cornwell University * One-Straw Revolution * Fruition Seeds * Mugwort * Angelica archangelica * Angelica atropurpurea * Mathew Wood * Geraldine’s list of ‘Bulk Herbs from Small Farms’ * Astringent * Geraldines online classes ► Leave us a written review on iTunes, and get shouted out on the show! 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1 hr 5 min
THE WONDER: Science-Based Paganism
THE WONDER: Science-Based Paganism
The Wonder Podcast
Ritual Redux
Remember, we welcome comments, questions and suggested topics at The Critic Episode: S2E08 TRANSCRIPT: ----more---- Yucca: Welcome back to The Wonder: Science-Based Paganism. I'm your host, Yucca. Mark: I'm Mark. Yucca: And today we are returning to the important topic of ritual. So we're going to talk what, why, how and why we've come back to this topic. Mark: Yes. And I think we should probably start with that last one. First obviously rituals are really central to pagan practice. They are a really essential part of what makes us pagans and what makes our practices into a religion. We did the second ever episode, of the wonder about rituals more than a year ago. And we just have more to say about it. We'll probably repeat some of it cause neither of us have heard the episode in a year. But that's fine. One of the things about paganism is that it's iterative. You come back around to the same time of year, every year. And so you repeat themes and we're going to repeat themes here on this podcast as well. Yucca: That's right. And it's the sort of thing we've touched on in so many of our episodes. There's very few. I think that we haven't mentioned ritual in because it is just so central. Mark: Right, right. I mean, in, in many ways being a pagan is I mean, it's certainly far less about what you believe than it is about your value set and what you do. And there's the sort of passive ritual behavior of observing the world around you and stopping for the sunsets and the flowers and paying attention. And then there's the active rituals, which are the more formal symbolic behaviors that we do in order to put ourselves into a ritual state of kind of trancy hyper presence which is a state in which we can reprogram our brains. We can heal our wounds, we can focus our intention. We can make things easier for ourselves as we go forward into our lives. Yucca: So we're going to be focusing a little bit more on that second type of ritual that you were just talking about. Yeah. The daily, small rituals, the habits, those are also incredibly powerful. And I think those deserve their own episode, frankly. Mark: Yes. I agree. Yucca: but let's go ahead and start with really what is ritual? Mark: I have a definition. Do you have a definition? Yucca: Well, your definition is probably going to be a little bit more succinct than mine. So let's hear yours. Mark: I believe that ritual is symbolic behavior rather than practical behavior for purposes of spiritual expression. And there's a lot of words in there that are very fuzzy. Spiritual is a very fuzzy word. Expression is a very broad term, but generally speaking the difference between brushing your teeth every day and going to your altar and lighting a candle every day is that you do one of them for these spiritual purposes. And the other one is strictly a matter of practical maintenance. Yucca: So for me, ritual has an element of intention without there you're intending to do something, not necessarily your trying, that it's an intention of, you're trying to cast a spell or do something like that, but you don't go into ritual, you don't go into that space without a reason. And that reason is often an emotional reason, often a quality of life reason, or a reason where you're trying to figure something out or contemplate. There's a purpose to it. It's intentional are choosing to do it. It's not something that is happening to you. It's you doing it? Mark: Right. One of the things that is often said about pagan ritual is that there are no spectators. Everyone is a participant. And that if you have people that are in the circle who are being spectators, your ritual has a problem. Because it hasn't engaged them in a way that makes them participants. So I really, and I really feel that's true. Part of what makes group ritual really amazing is that everyone is engaging kind of in their highest self in co-creating this amazing moment in time. Yucca: Yeah. And that, that brings it to a very different experience than it would be otherwise. Just amazing. Mark: Yes. I mean, there, there are varying degrees of the amount of satisfaction that one gets out of performing a ritual. I have daily rituals and it's just sort of a little bump of dopamine, right? It's just a little feeling of satisfaction and reward that I've done my daily rituals again, and there are the candles burning on my focus and isn't that jolly. It looks very pretty, very witchy and cool. And I have a good feeling about it. Then there are other things which are more elaborate where I might set up a special altar just for that day and have activities planned that are supposed to be a part of the ritual. And that's all. You know, because it's a special day, it's a holiday, right. Rather than, or either that, or I have some very specific need that I need to address either in my in my mental health or in my life and my capacity to grapple with the issues that are in front of me. So those are the. So there's this big spectrum of sort of small commonplace rituals, all the way up to sort of grand opera, amazing costumes and music and incense and stained glass and, you know, whatever it is. Yucca: Yeah. Mark: So why don't we talk a little bit about you know, we were talking about the, what about what a ritual is? Why don't we go more into examples of the why? Because I've done rituals for a lot of different purposes over the years, and I'm sure you have too. And it would be interesting. It'd be good. I think, to sort of compare notes on that, about the different kinds of things that we've done. Yucca: Sure. Yeah. There's such a huge range. There's the kind that you were just talking about with that those daily rituals. And those can be the ones that are really your quality of life rituals. Those are the ones that are how you enact, what you decide you want your life to be like and where you want your focus to be, because where that focus is determined so much about what you experienced and how you feel. And we spoke about this recently in the episode on manifestation. Right. That what you are aware of and where you are, what patterns you are enacting and feeding is what's going to determine so much of your experience. Mark: Right. Exactly. I think, for example, about house-warming rituals the sort of house cleansing slash blessing rituals that people will do, and they're all different kinds of them, but they tend to have certain shared characteristics like going into every room in the house and doing some kind of activity that helps demark the space as having been cleansed of whoever else was there before. And now marked as yours belonging to your family. And you know, now being your space and the, I mean, th the reality is that there's no physical change happening there. Right. But how you feel about the place can be radically different. You can go from, you know, Oh, I'm moving into a stranger's house too. Oh, this is mine. And that's where I want to put the furniture and, you know, here's where I want to keep the canned goods and A much more comfortable kind of way of being Yucca: Yeah. And then there's also those rituals which are for the big rites of passage. Mark: Yes. Yucca: So the weddings and deaths and births and separations and coming of ages and all of that, that are those moments that there's only a few of them in your entire life, whatever your particular path is that you're going on with that? Mark: Right. And honestly, I mean, I feel sort of cheated that I missed a couple of them. You know, I've done. I didn't ever get a passage into adulthood. I didn't ever get you know, that kind of recognition. I've done. Marriage ceremonies, I've done a dissolution ceremony. I've and now I'm kind of pressing onward toward elderhood. And I'm definitely going to do something for that. That one is very problematic in ou…
55 min
Tarot for the Wild Soul with Lindsay Mack
Tarot for the Wild Soul with Lindsay Mack
Lindsay Mack, founder of Tarot for the Wild Soul
154. Monthly Medicine: March is Emergence
March is ripe with massive opportunities for transformation, emergence, and belonging. We are clearing out what no longer serves in Pisces season, and planting seeds for our transition into Aries season on March 20th. In this episode, we dive into a download around the month ahead, wisdom around Pisces and Aries Tarot cards, our Wild Soul Collective Tarot Reading for the month ahead, and so much more. Transcript is coming soon! Honoring and acknowledging that this podcast episode was recorded on the unceded land of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, currently called Portland, OR, with the deepest respect to the Kalapuya Tribe, Cowlitz Tribe, and Atfalati Tribe. ABOUT THE PODCAST Tarot for the Wild Soul explores the cards through an inclusive, non-predictive, trauma informed perspective, rooted in compassion, common sense, and critical thinking, hosted by intuitive Tarot teacher, Lindsay Mack. Through a weaving of intuitively channeled downloads, answers to listener questions, and lessons around the cards, Tarot for the Wild Soul offers ways to view the Tarot as helpful, applicable medicine that can provide nourishment and clarity to us in our day to day lives. ABOUT LINDSAY Lindsay Mack is a queer intuitive Tarot teacher, writer, and the host of the Tarot for the Wild Soul podcast. Lindsay is the creator of Soul Tarot, a reinterpretation and intentional utilization of the Tarot as a healing tool, one that can assist us in differentiating the noise of our mind from the truth of our soul. Soul Tarot is a fusion of Lindsay’s 25 years of experience reading and studying Tarot, her work with her mentor, her own healing journey through complex PTSD/chronic illness, and channeled wisdom from her Guides. Through her regularly sold out workshops, retreats and online Tarot courses, Lindsay has had the profound honor of teaching Soul Tarot to thousands of people from all around the world. As a joyful and healthy survivor of childhood abuse, trauma & PTSD, Lindsay is passionately dedicated to honoring and helping to bring space, light and healing to those who are experiencing mental, emotional or physical suffering. It was the healing from a breakdown in 2014 that fully birthed her into this sacred work and onto her soul path. It is an organic part of her healing work with the Tarot, and she is honored to be sharing these offerings to those who feel called to them. WEBSITE: PODCAST EDITOR: Chase Voorhees PODCAST ART: Rachelle Sartini Garner
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